Goddess Saraswati is worshiped for spiritual enlightenment, the greatest wealth to man. The goddess is a favorite of religious and spiritual leaders. She encompasses learning, wisdom, knowledge and the fine arts. Hindu folklore puts the learned on a higher pedestal than even the king and hence the Goddess of Knowledge and learning is profoundly worshiped.

On the occasion of Vasant Pachami, everyone wakes up early morning. First thing in the morning after getting cleaned up is to worship the sun, the holy river Ganges and the earth. All the members of the family dress up in yellow clothes as it a sign of auspiciousness and spirituality. Also, it represents the ripening of the spring crops. The food cooked on this day is also yellow in colour.

Basant Panchami CelebrationsThis festival is not all about worshiping the goddess of knowledge but it also signifies toward the arrival of spring season. Folks get together and sing songs associated with the spring. Even the Goddess Saraswati is dressed in yellow clothes for this special day.
In some traditional homes, sweetmeats of yellowish hues are exchanged within relatives and friends. Kesari halwa and kesari sweet rice are among the favorites of north Indians. A dash of saffron is added to the sweetmeats to get a yellow tinge. Many people visit temple to offer halwa or sweet rice to the Gods. Some people organize feasts for brahmans on this day.

It is customary to begin a child s education on this very day. Schools, colleges and other places of learning organize special puja and cultural activities dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati. The most significant aspect of this day is that Hindu children are taught reading and writing their first word - as it is considered an auspicious day to begin a child s education. There is no animal sacrifice made for the Goddess as she is the symbol of purity and learning.
Books, articles, instruments of music and arts, earthen inkpots and bamboo quills are placed before her. The ink is made up of raw milk, water, red colour powder and silver glitter called avro.

Vasant Panchmi Celebration in Different States

Vasant Panchni also known as Saraswati Puja is known as Basant Panchmi in Punjab. People in north India fly kites to celebrate the day. The sky can be seen full of colourful kites flying all over the blue space.

In Orissa, Bhuvaneshwar gears itself for celebration of Vasant Panchami. The festival is rejoiced with great fervor in cities like Cuttack, Bhuvaneshwar, Rourkela and Berhampur.

West Bengal is not lagging behind when it comes to the celebration of Saraswati Puja.  Throughout the state, the festival is performed in schools, colleges and communities. In all educational institutions, especially in music, arts and crafts institutions, Saraswati Puja is observed with devotion and reverence.

In Assam, the Saraswati Puja festival if celebrated with great enthusiasm in most of the educational institutes and many community clubs run by the youngsters.  

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